Frontline Causing Digestive Upset?
I posted a few weeks back about my battle with fleas, but now it seems that the battle has turned to the flea medication. When we gave our pets their first dose on January 20th, Rocky got sick shortly after. The next day he was lethargic, vomited a couple of times, had terrible diarrhea and wouldn't eat. I was very alarmed so I took him to the vet. The vet didn't notice anything terrible so we just put him on a bland diet and gave him some pills to help settle his stomach and firm up his stool. He seemed to get better and better every day, and all symptoms were gone in about a week. I had been in the process of switching his food when this all happened so I put him back on his old stuff (Wellness). On February 20th we gave the babies their second dose of Frontline. Within 30 minutes Rocky was lying on the floor and acting unlike himself. He even layed down across our laps on the couch and went to sleep - VERY uncharacteristic - normally he's running around with a ball in his mouth non-stop. The diarrhea came back with avengeance as well. By Monday he was back to acting like his old self and eating fine, but the diarrhea has been TERRIBLE. I did a little bit of research on the flea medications, and only Revolution states on their product that 1% of pets had experienced digestive upset. My vet had never seen a reaction like this. He gave us more pills to use, but they haven't seemed to do a bit of good. They wanted me to bring him back to see the doctor again, but I really see that as a waste of money. I gave him some yogurt last night and this morning his stools did seem a little bit firmer...so I'm going to hold off.
Has anyone else heard of Frontline causing digestive problems? My vet suggested we try using Program on him next month...are there any other options? I've got to get rid of the fleas, but I obviously cannot put him through this every month.
"To err is human, to forgive, canine."
Shelby - GSD 6 yrs (2/1/05)
Rocky - GSD 2 YEAR! (10/30/08)
Lyric - GSD 16 weeks (4/12/11)
Rico - GSD 2/20/00 - 11/21/08 We'll always love you "Mr. Poo"